The Early Church: The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church

By: Morwenna Ludlow (Author)

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How did the early Christians manage to establish a religion and institution which, despite persecution, flourished and grew? How did their initial experience of being a despised minority in the Roman Empire shape their sense of privileged identity and uniqueness? And how was it that--at least at the outset--the first believers were able to exist alongside the same shared traditions, rituals and beliefs of the Jews, despite the Jewish rejection of Jesus as Messiah? The Christian community was born out of paradox: its faith in a man who was also the "anointed one" (or Christ) of God, and its growth and development often echoed those complex and and contradictory origins. Morwenna Ludlow discusses the fragile context as well as the emerging core beliefs of the early Church (including divine creation, salvation, eschatology, the humanity and divinity of Christ and the inter-relationships of the Trinity) between 50-600 CE. She also examines the process of Christian self-definition in response to groups on the edge of the Church, such as Gnostics, Marcionites, Montanists and Manichaeans, as well as in relation to Judaism. Bringing to vivid life the remarkable history of the early Church, in all its conflict and struggle, the author shows why such a successful faith was able to rise out of such improbable and unpromising beginnings.

Title: The Early Church: The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church

Author Name: Morwenna Ludlow (Author)

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Publisher: U.S.A., I. B. Tauris: 2009

ISBN Number: 1845113667

ISBN Number 13: 9781845113667

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition: New

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Description: New. May have slight shelfwear from storage. The Early Church: The I.B.Tauris History of the Christian Church By Morwenna Ludlow (Author) Product Details Series: The I.B. Tauris History of the Christian Church Hardcover: 256 pages Publisher: I. B. Tauris (January 15, 2009) Language: English ISBN-10: 1845113667 ISBN-13: 9781845113667 Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.2 x 9.6 inches

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